I will send you a couple interview sheet to fill out. It asks simple questions to encourage you to tell me your stories and needs. I can use it to make suggestions for readings, rituals, and connecting stories. A ceremony is a layering of images and rhythms - as in a good play or film script, and, for that moment, time stands still. When your guests leave, they will say,"That is so who they are- that is what tonight is about." I will use your words and answers to help form your unique ceremony. We sit together for a planning session that usually lasts about two hours. We outline the ceremony together. Your input is why I am often asked how I know you. I write the ceremony based on our outline and send it to you for approval. You can edit if necessary.
I will come to a rehearsal that is scheduled with our mutual convenience. I encourage you to schedule the rehearsals so that I can be there to make everyone comfortable and confident about their part in the ceremony. I am also conscious of setting up the best opportunities for photographs and video of the wedding ceremony.
The wedding license is issued by the locality's clerk. I can provide you with the rules and regulations for New Jersey and New York Weddings. As a registered New York City and New Jersey Wedding Officiant, I sign the license with two witnesses whom you provide and return the license to the appropriate clerk for registry. I sign the license on the day of your wedding.